• Short Summary

    Series of events surrounding airliners of B.O.A.C

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    Title - B.O.A.C Year of History (London & Nairobi)

    Princess Elizabeth (Queen Elizabeth II) at London airport preparing to embark on a journey to East Africa. MS. Princess climbing up steps accompanied by her husband, Prince Philip. 'Atlanta' the Royal BOAC plane. King George VI, Queen Elizabeth (Queen Mother) and Princess Margaret alighting from plane and descending steps (this was the King's first public appearance since his operation, and it was to be his last) Princess waves goodbye to her family and to the watching crowd. Plane with the Princess Elizabeth on board taking off. King watching aircraft. Takeoff. Nairobi - street scene as seen from above. Sign - 'Welcome to our Royal Visitors' Small crowd of African tribesmen waiting near runway for the Princess' plane. Plane taxiing on runway. Crowd. Princess Elizabeth descending steps and being greeted. Princess in car being taken through huge crowds. Princess Elizabeth waving to crowds. Royal lodge. 'Then came the sudden tragic news, the King was dead' Various newspaper headlines. British flag at half-mast. Various dignitaries awaiting the new queen at London airport. Camera pans Winston Churchill walking through airport crowd. Crowd members. 'Atlanta' plane taxiing at London airport. Queen Elizabeth descending steps of plane to greet crowd. (bad light) Prince Philip and Queen shaking hands with greeting party and crew. Various shots of Queen walking to the Royal car. Car driving away. Final commentary - 'Elizabeth the second, Queen of Great Britain and the empire, long may she reign'

    Title - Arrival of New Governor (Singapore)

    Aircraft taxiing at Changi Airport, Singapore. Crowd. Mr. J.F.. Nichol new governor being welcomed (new governor is wearing a black armband in respect to the late King George) Press welcoming Mr. Nichol.

    Title - Comet Makes Historic Flight (London to Africa)

    Various shots of the new BOAC plane 'Comet' at airport. Shot of DeHaviland engines. Pilot. Comet taking off. Interior, shot of cockpit. Various shots of the Comet in flight. Shots from inside the plane, showing passengers. Looking out from wing at the Alps below.
    Cockpit. Shot of Rome (good shot) Various shots of plane refuelling. Takeoff from Rome. Plane in flight, various shots of passengers, man with compass examining route. Cockpit. plane stopping for servicing at Uganda. Airport. Plane at rest. African man standing beneath the Comet (good shot) Plane in flight. Interior shot of air hostess serving passenger. Man eating in-flight meal, other being served refreshments. Shots of Zambezi river. Sign - 'To Devils Cataract and Rain Forest' Shots of locals carving from wood. Comet in flight over Africa. Comet landing at Johannesburg. Various shots of plane on runway, and at rest.

    Title - Royal Visit to B.I.F (London Olympia)

    Queen and Prince Philip at British Industries Fair, being welcomed by chairman of BOAC Sir Miles Thomas. Sir Miles talking to Queen and Prince Philip, pointing out various exhibits. Shot of Comet plane. Photographers taking pictures of people boarding plane. Plane taking off.

    Title - Mr. Menzies Arrives in Britain (London)

    BOAC plane taxiing at London. Mr. Menzies walking down gangway to be greeted by Lord Salisbury. Mr. Menzies with wife.

    Title - Duke of Edinburgh Home From Helsinki (London)

    BOAC Plane taxiing. Welcoming party. Duke of Edinburgh walking down steps and shaking hands with various people. Young Duke of Kent on his way to London airport walking with his mother, Duchess of Kent in preparation for flight to the far-east. Duke and Duchess of Kent beneath BOAC Arganaught. Party ascending steps to plane. Friends waving goodbye. BOAC plane departing. Changi airport with crowd. Plane arrives. Guard of Honour. Duchess and Duke alighting from plane. Shaking hands with various crew. Royal car driving through large flag-waving crowd.

    Title - Britain Shows the World (Farnborough)

    Various fighter planes at the Farnborough Air Show. Shot of Delta-Wing Avro 698. Shot of the Duke of Edinburgh amongst crowd. Shot of the 'supersonic' Gloucester Javelin in flight. BOAC Comet takes off from runway. Various shots of the BOAC Britannia which was 'the star of the show'. End Title.

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    Unissued / unused
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:23:29:00 / 01:38:47:00

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